The warm, dry and modern medium-high density housing will offer public housing and will have a 24/7 Single-Site Supported Housing service for our customers. The Wellington City Mission will provide care, support and assistance to help people to live well in their homes, including a higher level of support for those in 20 of the homes. There will also be a community space, gardens and extensive landscaping.
The Rolleston Street development will replace 54 old apartments which did not meeting healthy homes standards.
Alongside these homes we’re also linking with residents, community groups, stakeholders and partners to grow a supported and connected wider community in this part of the city – which has a rich history of providing key worker and social housing for people in central Wellington.
Please note: large and complex projects of this size have many variables, so timeframes could change
|October 2019||Resource consent granted by Wellington City Council|
|July 2020||Site blessing at Rolleston Street|
|August – September 2020||Site preparation|
|September 2020||Construction starts|
|Mid-late - 2023||Completion of homes|
Plans, drawings and resources
News and media
- Resident notification of parking arrangements [PDF, 273 KB] - May 2023
- Resident notification of roadworks for water connection [PDF, 796 KB] - April 2023
- Resident notification of roadworks in Hargreaves St [PDF, 273 KB] - April 2023
- Resident Notification of roadworks in Hargreaves St [PDF, 132 KB] - May 2022
- Steel delivery letter [PDF, 786 KB] - March 2022
- Construction letter [PDF, 725 KB] - August 2021
- Site work update [PDF, 156 KB] - June 2021
- Site work update [PDF, 137 KB] - February 2021
- Site work update [PDF, 432 KB] - 3 November 2020
- Work soon to start at Rolleston St [PDF, 126 KB] - 11 August 2020
Plans, consents, reports
- Rolleston Community Site Plan Elevations [PDF, 2.4 MB] - November 2021
- Archaeology slides [PPTX, 17 MB] & notes [PDF, 438 KB], Zoom session - May 2020
- Archaeological assessment [PDF, 4.4 MB] - May 2019
- Resource consent application - October 2018
- Tree planting plan [PDF, 511 KB] - June 2020
- Public consultation boards [PDF, 2.6 MB] - October 2018
- Public consultation boards [PDF, 2.5 MB] - July 2018
Mount Cook Community Reference Group
The community reference group is a forum for community feedback and involvement, alongside updates from Kāinga Ora and its contractors as new homes are built at Rolleston and Arlington. Find more informationon on the Community Reference Group page.
Tell us more about your new homes at your Rolleston site.
We will be building 80 new, warmer, drier homes between Rolleston and Hargreaves Streets. These will replace 54 old apartments that did not meet the healthy homes standards.
This development will be made up of 36 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 15 studio apartments in a mix of two through to five story buildings. These modern, warm and dry homes will be fully insulated, with carpets, curtains and double-glazing.
There will be shared community spaces, landscaped areas and gardens.
The first 20 homes were finished in mid-2023, and once all 80 homes are completed in late 2023, people will move in to the homes.
Who will live in the new homes?
The Rolleston development will bring an additional 80 new, warm, dry, healthy homes to Mt Cook. They will provide much needed housing to a range of customers, from individuals to couples and small families. A maximum of 20 homes have been allocated to customers who require a higher level of support.
Kāinga Ora will match homes to individuals and families on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register, who have the highest priority for a home of that size and in that location.
What is supported housing?
Supported housing combines public housing with services that help people live more stable, productive lives. It is developed by packaging housing together with flexible and holistic support which is designed to meet each person’s individual needs. These may include, but are not limited to counselling, employment assistance, healthcare, budgeting and skill development that can empower and enable individuals to live stable lives with dignity.
What might supported housing look like at Rolleston?
At our Rolleston Street development, supported housing will be delivered using a Single-Site Supported Housing model. This combines permanent housing with on-site support services to support residents 24/7.
It will be tailored to the Rolleston development and is designed to improve the health and well-being outcomes for people. While this model is relatively new to New Zealand, it is successfully used widely across the world to supporting some of the most vulnerable populations.
The Wellington City Mission will provide this service to whānau at Rolleston Street, and bring with them significant experience and a proven record in supporting communities in Wellington, including residential support. We will work with them and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies to develop an operational model to ensure those who live here receive tailored support and care to live well as part of a wider community.
Are there any other Single-Site Supported Housing developments in New Zealand?
Yes, the Single-Site Supported Housing model is also going to be used within the Kāinga Ora development, Greys Ave in Auckland.
Greys Ave will see 276 new homes created within Central Auckland. Due to the size of the site, Greys Ave will include 3,000sqm of shared, communal, commercial and office spaces. This alongside shared amenities have been specifically designed to create a welcoming, supportive, and connected community within an environment that promotes greater health and wellbeing outcomes.
While the Single Site Support Housing model is being used at both sites, the Rolleston development is significantly smaller than Greys Ave and therefore the model will be tailored to ensure it is fit for purpose for the homes.
Will Rolleston have 24-hour support available onsite and how will this be delivered?
There will be 24/7 on-site support for customers. This will include support services to enable residents to access support whenever they need and a concierge service to provide community guardianship.
What might a concierge service look like at Rolleston?
We’re looking to create a 24/7 concierge service in Rolleston street to enhance the feelings of safety and security for Kāinga Ora customers, visitors and wider community. This service includes welcoming visitors and customers into the building, helping them to navigate the site, helping them to connect/access resources and information or working alongside the service provider to support customers.
Where will the supported housing tenants live in Rolleston?
All tenants at Rolleston Street will be living in supported housing as they are all eligible to receive support from the on-site Single Site Supported Housing Service. Kāinga Ora and the Wellington City Mission will work together to understand the support needs of tenants.
Who will be the service provider at Rolleston?
The Wellington City Mission has been selected as the supported housing provider. They have significant experience and a proven record over many years in supporting communities in Wellington, including residential support for those living in transitional housing and supporting whānau into housing during COVID. Support provided could include counselling, healthcare, budgeting, employment assistance and skill development.
Following the completion of Rolleston homes, if I have concerns who can I contact?
We want to be good neighbours, so if you have any concerns about:
- Tenancy matters – please contact Kāinga Ora on 0800 801 601 or complete our online enquiry form
- Noise – please contact Wellington City Council on 04 499 4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animal welfare – Please contact Wellington City Council and/or SPCA 04 389 8044
- Safety/illegal activity – please call 111 if a crime is taking place or there is a threat to life/property, or 105 to report a non-emergency.
We will work with each agency and our tenants to help resolve any outstanding concerns.
For more information
See more of what is planned for the Wellington region or if you have any questions contact:.
Upper Hutt, Wairarapa, Johnsonville, Ngaio, Wellington central and Eastern suburbs
- Contact Caroline Speight, Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.
Lower Hutt including Stokes Valley and Wainuiomata
- Contact Jo Burleigh, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.
Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Mount Cook, Newtown, Rolleston and Berhampore
- Contact Josh Clark, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.
Page updated: 31 July 2023